Next Audi Q5 Will Be "The Biggest Loser"

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As is usually the case with anything that's popular, the Audi Q5 has more than its fair share of imitators. During the development stages, Lexus engineers used it as a benchmark for their new NX model, which will be revealed later this month. Competition is also coming from more unlikely sources, such as Acura's MDX or Subaru's next Outback. That's not a problem for Audi though, as they've already started development for the next generation which will become less of itself to offer so much more. Through use of a new platform and lightweigh materials, the next-gen Q5 could lose a lot of weigh in the quest for fuel eficiency.
Replacing the model which went into production in 2008, a new Q5 SUV will fight the good fight in 2016, when the improved MLB Evo platform will serve as its backbone. This is VW Group's second most important modular tool kit that will also go into the next A4 and Q7.

The real novelty here is not the platform but what will power it. Instead of using driveshafts, the Q5 will move its back wheels using electricity. It's called e-quattro and this system is believed to make a debut in the next A4 first. This would make the Q5 a hybrid, with an electric motor sandwiched between engine and gearbox to play the role of generator and extra power source. Doing things this way cuts the losses which come from mechanical couplings and will have a noticeable effect on fuel consumption.

As for the engines themselves, these will be more economical versions of familiar four and six-cylinder blocks. Needless to say, the switch to a new platform will result in a substantial weight reduction of about 100 kg (220 lbs).

Technology will also be brought up to date by including things like the Matrix LED headlight option, a de-cluttered interior a la' TT Virutal Cockpit and the latest MMI with Audi Connect in-car WiFi.

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